— by Arnab Gupta


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Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Mechanics, with extensive experience in transportation safety research. Experienced in studying the mechanics, damage evolution and non-destructive evaluation of fiber reinforced composites, especially using Acoustic Emission. Proficient in performing mechanical experiments, data analysis and statistical data processing. Skilled in computer programming.

Seeking full-time positions where my background in ultrasonic testing methods, composite mechanics, wave propagation and data analysis can be applied in new and challenging areas. Eager to diversify and expand my research experience by investigating and exploring new research areas and problems.


  • Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics (GPA: 3.68)
    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
    Expected Spring 2017.

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class)
    Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.
    May 2007.

Research Experience

  • Ph.D. Candidate — Major: Engineering Mechanics
    Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (formerly Engineering Science and Mechanics), Virginia Tech.
    Aug 2007 to Present.
    • Dissertation: Monitoring Progressive Damage Development in Laminated Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials.
    • Adviser: Dr. John C. Duke, Jr.
    • Interests:
      • Improve the identification and diagnosis of internal structures and patterns in complex anisotropic systems.
      • Wave propagation and Ultrasonic Testing methods in anisotropic media, Acoustic Emission (AE), Structural Health Monitoring.
      • Improve understanding of performance, health state and failure of in-service components.
    • Experiments: Study composite specimens, with different ply-layups, under monotonic tensile load and slow speed cyclic load, to monitor damage development and health state.
    • Signals / Sensors: Acquire signals from spontaneous AE waves and simulated Pencil Lead Break sources using two piezoelectric ultrasonic sensors simultaneously.
    • Data Analysis: Implement statistical and data analysis techniques (e.g. Cluster Analysis, Wavelet Analysis) using MATLAB software to analyze ultrasonic stress wave signals.
  • Graduate Research Assistant — Center for Advanced Automotive Research
    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Virginia Tech.
    Jan 2011 to Present.
    • Relevant Skills: MATLAB, Mercurial, SQL, database handling, technical writing. Applying data processing and computer programming skills to a wide variety of research problems in transportation safety, human factors engineering and connected vehicle systems.
    • Authorship: Authored and co-authored project final reports, research proposals and white papers. Revamped and modernized, then contributed to and maintained, the VTTI central MATLAB code repository (Funnel). Wrote documentation for using MATLAB and Mercurial with VTTI systems.
    • Sensor Fusion: Assessed the utility of vehicle-mounted Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) for dead reckoning and sensor fusion applications. Implemented adaptive digital filters for noise reduction and improved data accuracy.
    • Connected Vehicles: Identified root causes and characterized problems with implementation of next generation Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication and crash avoidance systems using data collected from vehicles undergoing pilot testing.
    • Gap Acceptance: Designed and fine-tuned video data reduction protocols to study traffic patterns at intersections. Analyzed driver preferences about choosing gaps while merging into traffic. Provided statistical analysis and visualization of analysis results.
    • Turn behavior: Modeled speed and path of vehicles turning through intersections, based on movement and geometry parameters, to help with crash reconstructions. Studied driver behavior during left turns in presence of oncoming vehicles at different distance ranges.


  • Research. Experienced in engineering laboratory work and mechanical testing experiments, data and statistical analysis, signal processing.
  • Programming. MATLAB, Mathematica, C/C++, Object Oriented Programming (OOP), Shell-Scripting. Familiar with Python, Perl.
  • Software. SQL, HTML5 and CSS3, LaTeX and BibTeX, version control systems such as Mercurial. Familiar with image editing and usual Windows and Mac software.
  • Operating Systems. macOS, Windows, Unix.
  • Photography. Received five FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) Acceptances at two international photography contests at Linz, Austria, and an Acceptance at Moscow International Photo Awards. Formerly, member of Jadavpur University Photographic Club. Select photos have been on public exhibition at Kolkata, India and Linz, Austria.


  • Serve as panel jury member with the Graduate Honor Society (GHS) at Virginia Tech.
  • Serve as reviewer for Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) technical papers.
  • Serve on Graduate School committee to select the Virginia Tech Graduate Student of the Year 2017.
  • Served on committee to identify and nominate the Chief Justice of the Virginia Tech Graduate Honor Society, who was then appointed by the University President.

Teaching Experience

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant — Instructor Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, Virginia Tech. Aug 2007 to Dec 2010.
    • Instructor for ESM 3064: Mechanical Behavior of Materials lab for 7 semesters and multiple lab sections each semester. Responsible for assessing student performance, grading lab reports and assigning final grades.
    • Provide theoretical foundation for experiments. Help students with conceptual understanding of theory and practice of the experiments. Lead the setting up and running of experiments by students.
    • Mechanical testing experiments involved using, among others, Instron and MTS universal testing machines, different hardness testing machines, and Charpy notch-impact testing machines.

Graduate Coursework

  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Composite Analysis
  • Wave Propagation in Solids
  • Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Intro Finite Element Methods
  • Theory of Plates and Shells
  • Statistics in Research
  • Applied Tensor Analysis
  • Digital Signal Processing in Mechanical Measurements
  • Advanced Musculo-Skeletal Biomechanics
  • Mechanical and Structural Vibrations
  • Multiscale Modeling of Damage in Composites

Publications / Presentations

  • Tracking Progressive Damage Development in Composite Materials, by Arnab Gupta and Dr. John Duke, Jr., at the 23rd Annual ASNT Research Symposium and Spring Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Characterizing Damage Development in Crossply Laminates Using Simulated Acoustic Emission, by Arnab Gupta and Dr. John Duke, Jr., Materials Evaluation, April 2012, Vol. 70, No. 4.

  • Detecting Damage Transitions in Laminated Composites using Acoustic Emission, by Arnab Gupta and Dr. John Duke, Jr., Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Nondestructive Characterization of Materials (NDCM-XIII), Le Mans, France.

  • Detecting Damage Transitions in Laminated Composites using Acoustic Emission, by Arnab Gupta and Dr. John Duke, Jr., at the 12th International Symposium on Nondestructive Characterization of Materials (NDCM-XII), Blacksburg, VA.

  • Characterizing Damage Development in Cross-Ply Laminates Using Acoustic Emission, by Arnab Gupta and Dr. John Duke, Jr., at the 20th Annual ASNT Research Symposium and Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  • Assessment of Service-induced Damage for Sustainment of Composite Material Structures, by Dr. John Duke, Jr., Douglas Harold and Arnab Gupta, at the 19th Annual ASNT Research Symposium, Williamsburg, VA.

  • Assessing Service-induced Mechanical Deterioration of Aircraft Composite Materials Using Deterioration-induced Wave Propagation, by Arnab Gupta and Dr. John Duke, Jr., at the 2009 Joint ASCE-ASME-SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials, Blacksburg, VA.

  • Detecting Fiber Breaks in Composite Materials: Modeling and Experiment, by Arnab Gupta and Dr. John Duke, Jr., at the 18th Annual ASNT Research Symposium and Spring Conference, St. Louis, MO.